John Poulos

John Poulos


It's pronounced poo-LöS

His mother calls him John.

With a combination of classical theater and modern improvisation training, John has performed in everything from Shakespeare to fully improvised musicals on bean-farming baristas (audience suggestions sometimes bear great fruit). Most recently, John enjoyed playing Karen's Hot Dog Guy on this season of Will & Grace.

Poulos has spent the most recent decade or so living between Chicago, Los Angeles, and the mid-Atlantic, performing and furthering his education on land and at sea. While in Chicago, he studied at The Second City, graduating their Improv and Musical Improv Conservatories in 2012. He then took his first official gig with The Second City on board the Norwegian Star where he met his future wife. Once they got back on dry land, they moved back to Los Angeles and have lived everyday since living the dream...on the 405.

Looking very forward to being "that solid character guy" on the next binge-worthy Netflix series.

Phone : 773-968-6156
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Address : Los Angeles, CA



  • 01
    Sketch / Improvisation

    Second City Hollywood • House Sketch Ensemble • 2015-’17

    Second City Theatricals • Norwegian Cruise Lines • 2012-’13

    Second City Theatricals • Norwegian Cruise Lines • 2011-’12

    Improv Olympic Chicago • House Ensemble • 2011-‘13

  • 02

    I Joined the Army for Five Years & All I Got Was This Lousy Play • Hank (Mohammed) / Mike • The Annoyance

    The Dumbwaiter • Gus • Black Box Players

    SubUrbia • Norman Chaudry • Black Box Players

    The Taming of the Shrew • Grumio • Storch Theatre

    The Rocky Horror Show • Dr. Frank-n-Furter • Up & Running Productions


  • 03

    Compact Only • Principal • PIC

    Kill a Kitten • Principal • Dornbii Entertainment

    Career Day • Supporting • Foe Killer Films

    Will & Grace • Featured • NBC

  • 04

    Couples Who Prove Opposites Attract • Supporting • Buzzfeed IRL

    Being in a Relationship During the Holidays • Principal • Buzzfeed

    Aussie Girl • Supporting • Astronauts Wanted

    Annabel’s First Date: Web Series • Supporting • East Coast Heart Productions

  • 05

    Freak • Director • Regional Premiere • Velio Productions

    RogerandTom • Director • Marathon West Productions

    In the Name of Bob • Director • Velio Productions

    Notes To MariAnne • Director • Black Box Players

    In the Name of Bob • Director • Syracuse University New Playwrights Festival

    Copenhagen • Director • Understudy Company • Syracuse Stage

    Copenhagen • Assistant Director • Syracuse Stage


  • 01
    Syracuse University Department of Drama

    Syracuse, NY

    Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Arts


  • 02
    The Second City Training Center

    Chicago, IL

    Improvisation Conservatory

    Musical Improvisation Conservatory



  • 03
    Upright Citizens Brigade

    Los Angeles, CA

    Improvisation Conservatory


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